What the University can do about online harassment

If the person sending harassing messages is using a University account, the University may be able to suspend or revoke that account.

If the person sending the messages has concealed their identity, the University may be able to assist you in tracing them.

If the person is sending harassing messages from an outside account, the University may be able to block messages from that account.

 If the person sending harassing messages is a student or employee of the University, and the University receives a formal complaint of harassment, the University can pursue disciplinary action, and can impose sanctions ranging from a formal reprimand and record of the offence up to expulsion or dismissal.

 If the messages are threatening or frightening, the University may assist you in pursuing a criminal prosecution.

The University has a number of policies which cover e-mail harassment:  

Covering all users:

Harassment by a student:

Harassment by an employee:

Harassment based on the recipient’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression:

Harassment based on the recipient’s race, colour, ethnicity, citizenship, ancestry, religion, age, disability:

There may also be other policies in your department, program or residence which cover harassing communications. Check the relevant website or handbook for more information.

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